Homemade Applesauce.

Homemade applesauce is thick, naturally sweet, and intensely apple-y in a way that grainy, watery, artificially sweetened store-bought sauce can't compete with!

Homemade applesauce has become a hobby an addiction a passion of mine. Every few weeks I buy a 15 lb box of “scratch and dent” apples, and it sits on the counter for 3 days while I squirm and wish it didn’t exist. Why did I saddle myself with all these apples aGAIN? But then…I finally tackle it, and as I wash the apples their gleaming, shiny skins start improving my mood.
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Whole Wheat Cinnamon Chip Muffins.

These one-bowl whole wheat cinnamon chip muffins are tender and coffeecake-y, packed full of sweet cinnamon chips - a perfect easy breakfast or lunchbox treat!

I realize it’s only my first month of having a kindergartner, so I’m probably not allowed to whine about packing lunches yet, but let’s just say it’s a Hard Job. Why don’t we have any bread? Why do we have bread but she doesn’t want a sandwich? Why, one of those times when we didn’t have any bread, did I make noodles with parmesan cheese (literally: just noodles and parmesan cheese) and unwittingly set the standard against which all future lunches would be measured and found wanting? Continue reading “Whole Wheat Cinnamon Chip Muffins.”

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Nutty Coconut Granola (and a Granola Master Plan).

Snackable, giftable, and of course, breakfastable…I love opening my pantry and seeing a container of homemade granola inside! I’ve been using this granola recipe since my friend Rach first made it when we were roommates. It’s super easy to make, and you can use whatever add-ins you like. This version has a couple different kinds of nuts, and shredded coconut, since I almost always have those around! Continue reading “Nutty Coconut Granola (and a Granola Master Plan).”

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Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Flax Granola Bars.

Chewy chocolate peanut butter flax granola bars taste like a candy bar, but are full of healthy ingredients!

These chocolate peanut butter flax granola bars bring me great joy. They taste a lot like a candy bar, but they’re full of healthy stuff (oats! flax! nuts!) and aren’t nearly as indulgent as that blanket of chocolate makes them look. They’re chewy, peanut buttery, sweet and salty, and I keep running out of the ingredients because I can’t.stop.making.them. Continue reading “Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Flax Granola Bars.”

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Salted Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Bark.

Salted dark chocolate pumpkin seed bark is the perfect crunchy bite to satisfy your fall sweet tooth!

I think it’s a food blog rule that you have to post “pumpkin something” the first week of fall. But I already shared my favorite, favorite pumpkin bread…and last year I skipped pumpkin completely and brought you this perfectly dense, cinnamon-y apple cake. So now we have salted dark chocolate pumpkin seed bark…and oh my word. It’s addictive. Continue reading “Salted Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Bark.”

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Healthy Banana Applesauce Muffins.

Healthy banana applesauce muffins are light, fluffy, and whole wheat!

Confession: shortly after I posted this whole wheat banana bread recipe, I tried another, similar recipe from Cookie & Kate – and I liked it a teeny bit better. So with a slightly guilty conscience, I kinda sorta switched to usually making that one. Continue reading “Healthy Banana Applesauce Muffins.”

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5 Awesome Real Food Snacks.

When I gave up my ice-cream-every-night habit, I had to replace it with something. We try to eat dinner as a family at 5:30, and I’m just not going to make it to bedtime without a snack most nights. And especially at first, it was hard not to cave and have the sweet treat I was craving. Enter: real food snacks. Continue reading “5 Awesome Real Food Snacks.”

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Paleo Granola.

a piece of paleo granola

Our new neighborhood has a pool, and it’s really fun to be able to walk there with the girls! It only takes a few minutes, but somehow on the way home everyone suddenly realizes they’re comPLETELY starving and can’t possibly obey basic safety rules/sit in the stroller/survive. So pool snacks have become a must for us. (It also helps ease the pain of getting out of the pool if there’s an applesauce squeezy pack and a bag of paleo granola with your name on it!) Continue reading “Paleo Granola.”

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